HOW DO YOU MEND A BROKEN GUT?


Ever heard the term "leaky gut" ? A layman's term for intestinal permeability? I talk about this condition often in clinic with my clients.


THE GUT


Cells lining our intestines have tight junctions. This keeps stuff that needs to be absorbed and excreted from the body to be contained and processed in simple terms. This is when your gut is functioning optimally.


There are many factors that can cause the gut to become leaky, this is when (yes you guessed it) the cells lining the gut become separated and allow toxins or those particles that should not leave the gut travel into the blood stream. When this happens inflammation in the body occurs usually resulting in unpleasant signs and symptoms that the person seek help for.


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A LEAKY GUT

  • Digestive problems such as bloating, diarrhoea, IBS

  • Reactions to foods such as food intolerances and allergies

  • Histamine issues

  • Brain fog and concentration problems

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Skin problems, eczema, acne, rosacea, itchy skin

  • Seasonal allergies, asthma, hay fever

  • Hormonal imbalances, PMS, PMT, PCOS

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimato's disease

  • Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia

These signs and symptoms warrant gut investigations.





WHAT CAUSES A LEAKY GUT?

  • Food intolerances and allergies

  • Pathogenic organisms residing in the gut such as candida overgrowth, parasites, SIBO and but bacterial imbalances

  • Toxins environmental such as glyphosates and internal toxins such as LPS (Lipopolysaccharides)

  • Stress, long term emotional stress and physical stress

  • Lack of sleep

HOW TO HEAL A BROKEN GUT -A LEAKY GUT


  • Eat food that support you and avoid those that you know cause symptoms

  • Eat a diverse diet rich in fibres and colours

  • Sleep well, follow a good sleep protocol

  • Correct you microbiome to support your gut health

  • Take nutrients that support gut healing and gut lining integrity such as Vitamin A, Zinc, Quercetin, L-Glutamine, Polyphenols and probiotics.





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